The 4th International DAWN Summit 2008
Building on past success
The DAWN Summit 2008 will be the fourth in a series of similar events organised after the global DAWN (Diabetes Attitudes Wishes and Needs) study in 2001. The study, the largest of its kind to date, showed that huge gaps exist between the educational and psychosocial needs of people with diabetes and the availability of educational and psychosocial support resources in the diabetes healthcare system.
To translate the DAWN study findings into practice, diabetes leaders, politicians, healthcare professionals and NGOs from more than 31 countries used the 1st International DAWN Summit in 2002 to create a global Call to Action for improved educational and psychosocial support for people with diabetes. As a result, more than 30 countries took action to promote patient-centred diabetes care.
Still much remains to be done in terms of translational research, building awareness and driving sustainable implementation of effective patient-centred education systems for all people with chronic illnesses.
Click here to read about the previous DAWN Summits incl. the 3rd DAWN International Summit 2006